WSR 10-12-045

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


[ Order 10-01 -- Filed May 26, 2010, 9:04 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 182-04 WAC, Public access to information and records.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.160, 42.56.040, 70.02.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: All state agencies are required to adopt and maintain procedures establishing how individuals may request and obtain agency public records. The health care authority's (HCA) public disclosure rules are contained in chapter 182-04 WAC. The current rules do not reflect changes in state law, technology and HCA processes. The agency will consider changes that improve clarity and update the chapter. One change anticipated is the use of a question and answer rule-writing style to provide information to the public in the clearest possible fashion.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Information regarding this rule making will be posted on the agency web site, http://www.hca.wa.gov/laws/ or you may contact Jason Siems, HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42700, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 923-2720, e-mail jason.siems@hca.wa.gov.

May 26, 2010

Jason Siems

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office